Whenever I take part in a quilt along, the hosts always ask for a Signature Block. It is in no way compulsory, it is for those who would like to send one to the designer. And to be honest, the quilt along I have been taking part in, the patterns are always free, so it is a big pleasure to send the designer / host a signature block.
So what do the designers to with the signature blocks?
Well, you can turn them into a memory quilt. How awesome!
That’s why, when I ran my very first quilt along last year, (Fantastic Beasts) I decided to do the same thing. I chose a simple paper pieced block. The participants can choose any fabric choices regarding color and pattern and put their name, place where they stay and the Quilt Along name.
And as you can see from my photo above, that is the layout I was thinking of using for my memory quilt.
The blocks have been arriving from all over the world. I love how it is looking already.
Some of the really awesome participants, even added some really cool extras in their packages, which was a complete surprise.
Here is some close ups of some of the blocks I have received. At the moment, I could get away with a wall hanging or a table topper. And that is OK. I know that there is some more on the way, which is great.
I am sure I had more photo’s but these is the ones I have for now. Will add the rest when I find them.
What I was thinking with these signature blocks, would be to continue on with them through to the end of this year, as I will be running my second Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along from September to end December 2017. Anyone taking part in the second quilt along is welcome to send me a signature block then.
Originally I thought it would be a good idea to have both black and brown starry fabric for the background. It doesn’t look to bad, but I think I would have gone with just the black background.
Also these Star Trek patterns were some of the first patterns I designed when I just started designing. And there was no plan of action on anything at all. I just designed willy nilly.
So when it came time to put them all together it became a problem, I had to add fabric to some, and trim off on others to make them all fit together.
Since them I have planned all my quilt tops, to ligically fit together, so that it does not become a problem for other quilters to put together.
I know there has not been any new Star Trek patterns posted recently, but there is a reason for that. I a planning a Star Trek quilt along for 2018. It is themed The Next Generation. Whoohoo, my favorite series. So all the patterns being designed is specifically for the quilt along and cannot be share yet.
If you would like a quilt along based on the other series as well, no worries they are coming as well. But you can help me decide which one will be next.
Please comment below or fill in the the contact form below and let me know what type of Star Trek theme or a completely other theme you would like to see.
Is the name of my new and first pattern for 2017. It is a very easy paper pieced pattern, perfect for beginners.
The idea came to me one day, as I was commenting to someone about not needing a psychologist, as quilting is my therapy. It is what I do at the end of every day, after a day at work. Basically every spare minute I have. What about you, do you find quilting therapeutic? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
(Need to work on my quilting photography)
The pattern has the capsule template, plus the layout instructions for a crib, twin and queen sized bed quilts. Clicking on the picture above will take you to my Craftsy Shop.
I had a bit of fun here, as I included a bunch of “special” fabric. This therapy quilt, as jelly beans candy, umbrellas for rainy weather, some African birds, flower, apples, yarn etc. You know, things that makes us happy. Plus some random fabric, that could look like things you will find in capsules.
So there you have it.
There is another project I finished this year, but I cannot show you yet, as it is for a blog hop coming up 20 January. The theme is winter and it is hosted by Marian from Seams to be Sew. Link in the picture.
The 3rd pattern is just about finished. I designed an applique Star Wars pattern. I made the square, just have to finished up the pattern and will then share it here for free. Look out for that in the next couple of days.
And I sewed up another BB8 block, this one is 20″ in size, a paper pieced pattern.
Clicking on the picture will take you to my Craftsy shop for the free download or you can download BB8 at Fandom in Stitches, there is a whole bunch of other Star Wars patterns there as well.
And that’s me for today. I hope everyone had a super awesome start of the year.
So today is the last day of the The Home Row Along, and it is show and tell day.
I absolutely loved ALL of the rows, and I plan on making all of them and making a queen sized quilt. The layout is not finalized yet, but I will share that when I get to that point.
Now! I had every intention of presenting a full queen sized quilt top for show and tell day, but life and other events, have put a serious damper on those plans for now. What I do have to show you, has been quilted up and in use as we speak. I especially had a problem with my hands at the moment, at my young age (42) I have arthritis in my fingers and wrists. My thumbs are most effected, and it is making the cutting out of pieces very painful. I tried scissors and the rotary cutter, it makes no difference. If I could just get that cut out, then I can applique the bits with the sewing machine. Because hand appliqueing is out of the question. I will have to save up and get myself one of there “shape cutting machines”.
Without further ado, here is my 3 rows I have managed to sew. The first one I kept separate from the other 2, as I love it so much.
I decided to turn this one into a wall hanging for my room, as my room has a space theme, being a Star Trek fanatic.
This is the Outer Space row.
The pieces is all machine appliqued, which has quilted all of the layers together. The binding is a bright orange, just because I love orange.
Sarah designed this row, and you can read up about it and get the pattern link here …
hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew
The other 2 rows, is stitched together using quilt as you go. And this is my first time to use the Quilt as you go method, I failed a bit here. As didn’t follow the instructions in the video properly, lesson learned.
The bottom row is my own row based on our beach here where I live in Amanzimtoti, South Africa.
The top row is the African Sunset row. Which I just love. I made a couple of mistakes here, that I only saw right at the end when I was nearly finished piecing the row. Completely my own mistake. I also left out the Meerkats, that is supposed to fit in at the end. My hands were killing me by this time.
This is my new table runner or topper for our coffee table, which is in use right now.
The African Sunset row was designed by Janeen from Quilt Art Designs, and you can find her post and pattern link here …
Oh yes, come and have a look at what we are up to in the Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along, a Harry Potter inspired quilt in our Facebook Group, they are all paper pieced patterns, and you will finish up with a Queen sized bed quilt. The Quilt Along started this past Wednesday.
These are the first 5 blocks that has been released. Click on logo above to go to week 1.
The Road Home Row Along, Amanzimtoti, South Africa
(NB! to comment, click on the comment box right underneath the heading of the post or at the very bottom of the post.)
First I need to say a very big thank you to Amy Warner of Sew Incredibly Crazy and Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew for organizing another fantastic event. There has been a lot of hard work planning and gathering sponsors for this row along. And I can’t thank you enough.
Plus we must not forget any of the bloggers and quilters who has designed a row for this row along, they are all beautiful rows, and I wish I had the time to sew all of the rows.
Now for my row.
When this Row Along came along with the theme “The Road Home” it brought up so many images in my brain, the options to choose from was huge. But in the end I chose the beach. It is my favorite place, the ocean makes me feel calm and I just love the water.
And my home town is in Amanzimtoti in South Africa.
This is my row
Clicking on the photo will take you to my Craftsy store to download this pattern, it will be free forever.
The row is 12 x 40″ excluding the seam allowance and paper pieced.
I know it looks a little scary, but if you follow the sewing order and have a little patience, you could easily make this row.
Here is my progress, sewing this row together.
This is the image of the row after I finished designing the row.
I broke the row down into 4 blocks to make it easier to piece together, the black lines shows where the block was broken down further. The pattern will show you exactly how to sew everything together and in what order.
First I cut out all of the pattern pieces, and used a color pencil to color all the bits using the color chart, that is provided in the pattern.
These were all the separate bit for block 1
Block 1 finished
Block 2 was easy
Block 3, the helicopter and volleyball net is sewn separate and then attached to each other.
And lastly block 4
After the 4 blocks is sewn together
Now I need to mention, that my favorite sewing tool of all time, is the add an 1/8 ruler, this is perfect for making those seams as small as possible, to lessen the bulk around those seams. I do think, that I would not be able to live without my little ruler.
I also use my rotary cutter a lot, I tend to wait a little to long before replacing the blade on it, and then tend to cut bits of my finger off, well nearly.
My sewing machine is an 80 year old Bernina with straight and zigzag stitches only. I do all of my quilting on it as well with no trouble at all, and that includes king sized bed quilts. And it happens to weigh a lot, don’t even ask me why I would mention that.
Now for the awesome bit of the post, the prizes.
Please comment below and enter the competition for these fantastic prizes available today and be sure to visit the other bloggers in the Row Along to enter their competitions as well.
And last but not least the schedule of bloggers and links to where you can find them. Please go and look at all the patterns available on their blogs, and they are all free to download for the duration of the Row Along.
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life
creates Harrisville, MI Sunrise Coast
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
creates Adelaide South Australia
creates Grand Coulee, Washington
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
creates Alberta, Canada
Quilt in Piece
creates Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Sew Incredibly Crazy
3 Patch Crafts
Just Let Me Quilt
creates Las Vegas, Nevada
creates New Zealand
Tweety Loves Quilting
creates Edinburgh, UK
creates Heber City, Utah
Seams To Be Sew
creates Idaho Falls, Idaho
creates New Milford, Connecticut
creates Road to Tehachapi (CA)
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
creates Worcester County in Central Massachusetts
Cloth and Paper Studio
creates North Georgia Mountains
creates Toronto, Ontario Canada
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Seams To Be Sew For Bats In The Attic
creates Hollywood/LA — date may change
Rebecca Mae Designs
creates Northern Maine
Words & Stitches
creates Beaches of California
I CAN QUILT 2
creates Baltimore, MD
creates Port Angeles, Washington
Creatin’ in the Sticks
creates Dodge City, Kansas
creates West Michigan Shoreline
Sue Griffiths Featured At Just Let Me Quilt
creates Northern Rivers Region, NSW, Australia
Quilted Fabric Art
creates Burlington Vermont
creates Manitoulin Island, Canada
creates Silicon Valley, CA
Patchouli Moon Studio
creates Central New Mexico
Elm Street Quilts
creates North Carolina
Sarah Quinn Featured At Seams To Be Sew
creates Outer Space
Cheryl LaPlant Featured At Quilt In Piece
creates York, Maine
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
creates New Hampshire
Needle in a Hayes Stack
creates Mojave Desert
Show ‘N Tell Day
Oh yes! Please look at what is coming up on 5 October.
Come and join us in our Facebook page for this event here